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600 Filipinos receive cash relief from Philippine government, Tan Holdings

THE Philippine Consulate General on Guam, with the help of the Philippine Honorary Consulate on Saipan and other community volunteers, distributed cash relief to 600 Filipino nationals on Friday at the Sun Palace Hotel.

Each received $50.

“This is the initial relief assistance provided by the Philippine government, we hope there will be more,” Vice Consul Alex O. Vallespin told reporters.

Philippine honorary consulate volunteer Annamae Adaza and Philippine Consulate General on Guam staff member Juliet Simbul assist Filipino nationals who avail themselves of relief assistance on Friday.Philippine honorary consulate volunteer Annamae Adaza and Philippine Consulate General on Guam staff member Juliet Simbul assist Filipino nationals who avail themselves of relief assistance on Friday.

The relief cash distribution started at 7 a.m., one-hour-and-a-half earlier than originally scheduled since people were already lining up as early at 6 a.m.

“We appeal for their understanding. We will try to help as many families as possible,” Vallespin said.

The assistance on Saturday was distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

The relief assistance given to 400 Filipino nationals came from the Philippine government while the assistance for the other 200 was donated by Jerry Tan, president of Tan Holdings Corp.

A long line of Filipino nationals is seen at Sun Palace Hotel, Friday.A long line of Filipino nationals is seen at Sun Palace Hotel, Friday.

Vallespin thanked Tan for his generosity and support.

He said the consulate has no data yet as to the total number of Filipinos on Saipan and Tinian who were affected by Typhoon Yutu.

Based on initial reports, he said there are about 13,000 Filipinos on Saipan and about 300 on Tinian.

As for assistance to the Filipinos on Tinian, Vallespin said: “It’s already in the pipeline.”

Philippine Vice Consul to Guam Alex O. Vallespin, left, back to the camera, talks to some Filipino nationals about the relief assistance.  Photos by Junhan B. TodiñoPhilippine Vice Consul to Guam Alex O. Vallespin, left, back to the camera, talks to some Filipino nationals about the relief assistance. Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

Starting on Nov. 14, he said they will conduct three-day consular outreach on Saipan and distribute relief assistance again.

After Saipan, he said the consular team will head to Rota to give relief assistance to Filipino nationals who were victims of Typhoon Mangkhut which hit the island in September.

 “Our government is not like a private citizen or foundation that can respond right away,” Vallespin said. “We have a bureaucracy and a process to follow, that’s why it takes time to provide assistance to our fellow Filipinos who were affected by the typhoon.”